Experience through e-learning can have significant influence on hand hygiene-behaviour

Experience through e-learning can have significant influence on the behaviour of hand hygiene, says Dr. Gerald Sendlhofer from the University Hospital in Graz, Styria. He was interviewed by Carola Timmel. Mr. Sendlhofer, in course of the international hand hygiene day you were referring about e-learning in this context. What induced you to integrate e-learning in […]

HAI – We will work on it to make people safer and healthier!

All good things go by three – This week we are presenting the third winner of the (Semmelweis Conference) poster presentation: Agita Melbarde-Kelmere. Carola Timmel interviewed her on the subject of hygiene in Latvia and her expectations regarding ICPIC 2017. Agita, at the last CEE Semmelweis Conference you were invited by Prof. Didier Pittet (WHO) […]

Communication is the key of disseminating the WHO guidelines

Surgical site infections threaten the lives of millions of patients each year. How the WHO guidelines for the prevention of surgical site infections can help to reduce this infections, and which role plays hand hygiene/ resp. communication in this context? We asked Mohamed Abbas (University of Geneva Hospitals, Senior Research Associate in the Infection Control […]

Infection control on the movie screen – why films like “Aviator” help preventing infections

“Aviator” with Leonardo Di Caprio, “Double Trouble” with Bud Spencer, or “The Rebound” with Catherine Zeta-Jones. What do this films have in common? “They include infection control scenes. “And we can profit from this movie-scenes in infection control”, says Dr. Bori Szel (Univ. Szeged, Hungary), one of the 3 poster-winners (“IC on the movie screen”) […]

It is the first time that I participate at ICPIC – and this is very exciting!

The ICPIC Conference (20-23 June, Geneva) is approaching rapidly. We are looking forward to meet initiator Prof. Didier Pittet, speakers and conference participants. But Bernhard Küenburg and me are also looking forward to meet those three young women, who were the winners of the poster presentation at the CEE Semmelweis Conference in March 2017 (Budapest), […]

I am sure that we can find “Semmelweis personalities” also today in the hospitals!

I am sure that we can find “Semmelweis personalities” also today in the hospitals, says Noel Abela, Infection Control Nurse at Mater Dei Hospital – Malta. Carola Timmel interviewed him about the positive deviance approach in the occasion of May 5, the international hand hygiene day. Mr. Abela, what does positive deviance generally means, and […]

Social media becomes more and more important – also in the field of infection prevention

With Social Media we can target the people we want to speak to, says Prof. Didier Pittet, director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety. With him spoke Carola Timmel at the congress. Mr. Pittet, why social media became so important also in the field of hospital hygiene and infection control? Social Media is […]

The situation in the Netherlands is not good because they did what they thought, but because they communicated with others

Prof. Andreas Voss is convinced that communication is one of the most important factors in infection prevention. With him spoke Carola Timmel at the Congress …. Mr. Voss, the infection rate in the Netherlands is low. What are the Dutch hospitals doing better than the most hospitals in other countries? First of all, it has […]

It’s a wonderful opportunity to exchange thoughts with my colleagues about infection control and about what happens now and what will happen in the future

Does surveillance improve the communication about Infection Control problems in hospitals? This was the subject Dr. Petra Gastmeier (Charité Berlin) was speaking on at the 2nd Semmelweis CEE Conference in Budapest. Carola Timmel interviewed her about this issue and her impressions of the conference. Mrs. Gastmeier, in your lecture you mentioned the well-known and important […]

We have to go to zero, zero point zero zero… !

Do you have an idea, who is the author of this phrase? Exactly! It’s none other than our name giver Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis (quoted by Didier Pittet). The President of the Semmelweis Foundation, Dr. Bernhard Küenburg has collected some really catchy quotations and statements from two days of exciting lectures and discussions at the Conference […]